West Woodmen Trail loop 

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Built with little fan fare or attention, and not readily visible, the West Woodmen Trail (not to be confused with the "Woodmen Trail") is a nice trail that can join up with trails in the Blodgett Open Space to create some nice loop hikes. The West Woodmen trailhead is at Blodgett Ranch Trail and West Woodmen Road, near where West Woodmen Road becomes Centennial Drive. Unfortunately, you can't park anywhere near the trailhead, since there are no parking signs on Blodgett Ranch Trail and also bike lanes on West Woodmen Road. The nearest parking is about 1000-feet away on Sawback Trail. Blodgett Peak Open Space is marred by having the worst maps and signage in the Colorado Springs Park system. Both the map posted at its parking lot and online are devoid of any trail names or mileages, and it doesn't appear that they show all the trails. Those maps will be of little use in finding your way around, and that's where this slideshow comes in.
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Bob Falcone
The trail starts next to the gate at Blodgett Ranch Trail and Woodmen Road. The closest public parking is a 1000' away on Sawback Trail.
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No parking on Blodgett Ranch Trail.
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The trail marker. There is no other indication that this trail is here, and the marker is not easily visible from the street.
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The trail starts with a few short, steep switchbacks. At approximately 1/2 miles you'll encounter more switchbacks.
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Remnants of the Waldo Canyon Fire are visible from the trail.
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About a mile from the trailhead, the trail meets the Gamble Oak Trail. Turn right.
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After approximately 2/10 mile, the Gamble Oak trail meets the Wildlfower trail. Turn right again.
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After just under another 1/4 mile, the Gamble Oak trail Meets the Douglas Fir trail. Turn Left, up the steps.
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The Gamble Oak and Douglas Fir Trail sign. The signs and maps in the Blodgett Peak Open Space are not very good. The "trailhead parking" on this sign will NOT lead you back to your starting point for this hike.
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After about 1/4 mile, the Douglas Fir trail meets Wagon Wheel Road. Turn Left.
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Continue downhill on Wagon Wheel Road, passing the Wildflower trail along the way.
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Turn left onto Gamble Oak from Wagon Wheel Road.
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About 30-feet from Wagon Wheel Road, turn right onto the West Woodmen Trail and follow it back to the trailhead. Total hike length is approximately 3.25 miles.
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Map of this route. The start and end point is on the far right side of the map.
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Bob Falcone
The trail starts next to the gate at Blodgett Ranch Trail and Woodmen Road. The closest public parking is a 1000' away on Sawback Trail.

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